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[-] [email protected] 88 points 1 month ago

20 years ago I was injured in one eye. Without an operation it would have left me going slowly blind. The operation was invented maybe 20 years earlier.

Both my eyes had a cataract at a quite early age. Artificial lenses where invented AFAIK 50 years ago. The new lenses even correct my shortsightedness and astigmatism!

So if I had lived only 50 years earlier I would be blind on one eye and quite possibly without a lense or at least seeing really foggy on the other. Now I am sitting here with - 0.5/-1 and otherwise great eye sight.

There are no words how grateful I am for the wonders of modern eye medicine.

[-] BonesOfTheMoon 8 points 1 month ago

I'm so glad you have your vision!

[-] chiliedogg 7 points 1 month ago

The first successful organ transplant was in 1954.

Transplants weren't often super successful until the development of Cyclosporine in 1982.

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[-] Dasnap 67 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

I think similarly whenever my airways casually close up.

[-] GrymEdm 61 points 1 month ago

Waking up when the weather changes:

[-] psud 17 points 1 month ago

You're nostrils do that as you sleep to keep the one closest to the bed/ground closed. Since people roll from side to side over the course of a night your nostrils swap which one's closed

[-] [email protected] 27 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Everyone’s talking blocked sinuses but I took your comment to mean asthma.

While every other cave person is running down a mammoth my asthmatic ass would be dying because of pollen or dust.

[-] Dasnap 13 points 1 month ago

Mine is also triggered by animal dander so the mammoth could probably kill me by literally just standing next to me.

[-] atomicorange 8 points 1 month ago

I assumed sleep apnea. CPAP users of today are the past’s “dang he died mysteriously in his sleep, oh well!”

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

As a CPAP user; when I don’t use it I relate to ‘dying in my sleep’ way too much.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 1 month ago

imagine being an absolute beta and not mouthbreathing

[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago

Personally, I tend to use my mouth to inhale other things.

spoilerIt's - it's dick. This is a sex joke.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 1 month ago

Just use one of your nostrils for that.

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[-] [email protected] 52 points 1 month ago

I apparently threw my glasses across the room in my sleep last night. Spent a solid 5 minutes going full on Velma mode looking for them.

[-] Wilzax 21 points 1 month ago

Do you wear your glasses in bed??

[-] [email protected] 37 points 1 month ago

No, I frankly don't have the slightest clue how I did it.

[-] Wilzax 16 points 1 month ago

That makes this so much funnier

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

How else are you gonna see in your dream?

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[-] SpeedLimit55 9 points 1 month ago

Ha, thats why I keep an old pair in the nightstand.

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[-] SparrowRanjitScaur 44 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Natural selection hasn't really applied to humans for thousands of years. We beat nature when we created civilizations. Which is partly why some of these less than ideal genetic traits go unchecked now in the population.

[-] [email protected] 54 points 1 month ago

Evolution and natural selection never stops, we've only changed what the selective pressures are.

[-] SparrowRanjitScaur 11 points 1 month ago

True. I was thinking of the selective pressures of nature, but there are absolutely still self imposed selective forces acting on our species.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

And even those self-imposed selective forces are ever-changing and vary quite wildly from context to context across the globe and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Modern human evolution is really fascinating.

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[-] Rhynoplaz 37 points 1 month ago

I can't imagine having to live with my natural sight 24/7.

I definitely would not be driving. Probably not walking much either, might not see the bus coming.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

its not like they had cars to drive before glasses were a thing

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

Just a lot of dangerous animals. And dangerous humans. No cars though.

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 1 month ago

Remember, your only job as far as natural selection is concerned is to have offspring and have them survive long enough to repeat the cycle. Old people with bad eyesight just have to be able to keep the kids and grandkids alive.

[-] Buddahriffic 17 points 1 month ago

Bad eyesight could have a positive effect on generating offspring because you can't tell how ugly your partner is. Or that about 30% of the time you aren't having sex with your partner but someone else with poor eyesight instead.

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 1 month ago

you know whats even weirder? Some dude somewhere realized that lenses were a thing, and realized that your eyes were also just a glorified lense. And that theoretically you could just put a lense over a lense to fix the bad lensing of the lense. And it fucking worked.

Natural selection my ass.

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[-] mojo_raisin 24 points 1 month ago

Some species members care for each other. Humans obviously (some anyways), even lions I think have been known to provide food when another has broken teeth or something.

[-] Son_of_dad 16 points 1 month ago

Apes feed and care for their elderly. When the old ape decides it's time, it will go off alone into the jungle to die

[-] M137 21 points 1 month ago

I don't need it to be night to realise that. I have -13 on both eyes, near-sightedness (not sure about the correct terminology in English). I see clearly for about one centimetre right by the tip of my nose, everything closer or further than that is a blurry and fuzzy mess. To use my phone without glasses I have to press it against my nose and can only see about half of the screen width clearly.

[-] Psaldorn 6 points 1 month ago

I think they just meant night time is when people remove glasses, so that's when you notice the difference 😎

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[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago

I remember maybe a decade or more ago some enterprising gent made a glasses design with some kind of resin in the lens, so the wearer could adjust the lens thickness to fit their needs. Nobody would back his invention so he created a non-profit to fund these glasses for the developing world. I'd love to know what happened to it because its still something I care about supporting.

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

That and a bunch of reasons

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

but mostly the bunch of reasons

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

Yeah, I always get a warning message from zenni when I order glasses. It thinks my script is wrong cause it's such a weird one.

I know I'm half blind! Don't make me feel bad about it too!

[-] lath 8 points 1 month ago

As someone with bad sight, all my other senses are tingling. So, while blind people might've been unable to hunt, they would have made great night guards, which is a boon for social groups wary of nocturnal predators.

[-] TokenBoomer 7 points 1 month ago

God made you that way, and she doesn’t make mistakes. Think about it.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago
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[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

Not that this would be the only thing I would be selected out for...

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